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OMHA Mourns the Passing of Dave Garinger

By Ontario Minor Hockey Association, 03/01/22, 1:30PM EST

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Former Regional Director and W.O.A.A. President


Photo Credit: Kevin Sousa Photography

The Ontario Minor Hockey Association mourns the passing of former Regional Director and W.O.A.A. President Dave Garinger.

He served as the President of the Wiarton Minor Hockey and Shallow Lake Minor Hockey Associations, coached minor softball and minor hockey teams – sometimes several each season, served as a softball and hockey convenor for the Western Ontario Athletic Association, served as a hockey convenor for the Ontario Minor Hockey Association, and accompanied OMHA teams on European tours as their Hockey Canada representative. He was also a carded softball umpire for the WOAA from 1979 to 2000.

In 1996, Dave was elected to the WOAA Board of Directors and in 2006 he filled in as President for a short term.  He also served as 2nd Vice-President for a year and was elected as 1st Vice-President from 2004 to 2021. In addition, Dave worked on the WOAA Capital Campaign Fundraising Committee from 2002 to 2007. 

In 2001, Dave started a 20 year run as WOAA Minor Hockey Chairman as well as the OMHA Regional Executive Member for the WOAA area. During his tenure, he served and chaired on virtually every OMHA Committee, including a long standing appointment to Development both at the OMHA and Ontario Hockey Federation levels, serving as the OMHA Development Committee Chair, the Chair of many OHF Championships, and the Chair of Hockey Canada Program of Excellence Regional and Provincial Under-17 Camps for many years.

Dave received many accolades and awards throughout his volunteerism and teaching career. Some of these highlights include:

  •  As part of the WOAA 75th Anniversary Celebrations in 2017, Dave was named as one of the WOAA Community Sports Builders.
  •  In 2019, Dave received the WOAA David H. Jacobi Memorial President's Award “to acknowledge the person or persons considered to have significantly contributed to the betterment of the organization”. This award is presented annually to the individual(s) who strives to continue "Working With Our Future".
  • In 2021, Dave was selected as a WOAA Life Member as recommended by the Board of Directors and approved by the membership
  •  Dave was proud to be recognized with an OMHA "20 Years Service Board Member" pin in the summer of 2021.

Dave cherished the friendships he earned both in his teaching career and in volunteering alongside his colleagues in the WOAA and OMHA.

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